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DAEMONIA NYMPHE: The Bacchic Dance Of The Nymphs - Tyrvais

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Nov 11 2004
Title: The Bacchic Dance Of The Nymphs - Tyrvais
Format: CD
Label: Prikosnovenie (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
The first time I talked to you about Daemonia Nymphe was in 2002 when I reviewed their first Prikosnovenie release. Well, few weeks ago the guys at Prikosnovenie sent me the reissue of the very first Daemonia Nymphe releases, titled THE BACCHIC DANCE OF NYMPHS and TYRVASIA. More evocative than ever, here you can check how the first version of the band was, when all the tracks were written and performed by Spyros Giasafakis (with the help of Pantelis Giasafakis, Evi Stergiou, Stathis Portaritis, Elias Kounellas, Sophia Kuonella, Leonidas Kourentis, Mina Morfi, Sophia Kapetanakou, Domenika Manteli, Vaso Vaiouli and Giorgia Hrisimou at percussions and vocals). At a first listening it seems to me that the tracks sound more "wild", instinctive (see for example "Tyrvasia" which sounds like a pagan gathering) and dark. The melodies and atmospheres are charming and hypnotic and it isn't a surprise that Nikos Brass (an instrument constructor who has managed to reproduce almost every ancient hellenic instrument by using his artistic skills) decided to start his collaboration with the band after he listened to THE BACCHIC DANCE OF NYMPHS. It's a fortune that Prikosnovenie decided to reprint this early material as it would have been a misfortune to miss it. Check it!

Kooper Kain: Turning Cities To Salt

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Nov 03 2004
Artist: Kooper Kain
Title: Turning Cities To Salt
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Distributor: Sinister Records
Rated: *****
Wow! The most fantastic cd ever made by Vancouver, B.C band, Kooper Kain. The debut "Turning Cities To Salt" will make you want to listen to it over and over and over and over again and again and again. The band's sound is between Simple Minds and U2. Even the singer's voice is a reminder of Simple Mind's singer Jim Kerr. A breathtaking disc that is flawless. Each track stands the disc out. There's alot of songs I recommend that can be appropriate for singles, radio and clubs; "Icy Stars", "Crowded", "80 Years Dirt", "Flicker Flicker & Out", "Too Far Gone", "Red Satin Rivers", "Apocalypse & Pawn", just to name a few. A fascination blend of dark rock and new wave. Lyrics so powerful and emotional that is aggressively profound with deep thoughts and feelings. So innovated with their own unique sound, they even bring back the 80's old school style that reflects the music of our time. The sweetest perfection, beauty, ethereal, and inspiration is what they deliver in their lyrics and music. The listeners will certainly be very content after they give it a listen for the first time and enjoy it more. "Turning Cities To Salt" is an artistic form of well plendid divine recording art. 80's children and goth fans need to buy this remarkable incredible cd.


 Posted by Ferruccio Milanesi   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Nov 03 2004
Artist: DEMETER (@)
Title: s/t
Format: CD EP
Label: SOS Recordings (@)
Rated: *****

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This band has been a great discover! I received many emails and didn’t know if they were spam or a band promoting themselves with enigmatic mails with only a link (like virus usually do...). Curiosity killed the cat.... somebody said. Unexpectedly I’ve been gifted with this jewel of modern music. A new ensemble mixing the deep and intense message of dark music, together with soft melodies, sometimes with good commercial potentialities, experimentations and noise, art-rock and a dramatic approach. Biography says DEMETER is composed by musicians from New York, London, Helsinki and Barcelona, creating in this way a varied and full of influences support for the melodic and whispering voice of Anna Mercedes. First track "Addict" starts with a dark-pop attitude, with some echoes from GARBAGE: a good song showing DEMETER’s capacity of writing catchy but not stupid melodies. "Dare you" offers a disturbing landscape, a space-rock atmosphere enforced by electronic pads and a nervous work of drums and electric guitar. "Falling", introduced by an ambient-industrial noise, starts with a simple piano passage, a rhythmic heartbeat-like percussive pulse, and a whispering. It’s like being trapped in a cage with lights broken. Title is perfect: as song goes on, tension increases, giving a sensation of choking or falling down in a pit. "One Last Kiss" is like a trip-hop song, very sad... solitude embraces you in a rainy day, alone in a little apartment in New York, while the world outside goes on indifferent to you. "Venus" closes this too short CD, with a softer atmosphere, rich of BOWIE’s influences, again a potentially commercial song but with a strong personality. Every song is a pearl, and I wish I could hear more from this band, surely they’ve given me a real shock. Strongly recommended.

LUPERCALIA: Florilegium

 Posted by Ferruccio Milanesi   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Nov 03 2004
Artist: LUPERCALIA (@)
Title: Florilegium
Format: CD
Label: Equilibrium Music (@)
Rated: *****
Second album for the Italian medieval band LUPERCALIA, four years after "Soehrimnir". Now the band is composed only by guitarist Riccardo Prencipe and vocalist Clauda Florio, plus various guest musicians. Since the first track emerges the work of the violinist Gianluca Uccio as a great wave of freshness, with an intense and emotional performance, sometimes giving the right liveliness to the most rhythmic songs. Music has lost the excessive use of synths as in the previous album, and offers medieval tunes played mostly with classic guitar, violin, percussions and Claudia’s soprano voice. In some songs the band shows a good inspiration, such as in "Praga" or "Ouroboros", "Axe"and "Aegiypto and Siciliam", alternating deep and reflective moments and medieval dances, and in "Rebis" vocalist is at her best. On the contrary, in rhythmic tracks electronic percussions are often confuse and noisy and, above all, the soprano, even if good as timbre and technique, gives the impression of excessive affectation, in contrast with the immediate and direct message of music, as happens in "Aegiypto and Siciliam" or "Ouroboros". About the cover of DEAD CAN DANCE’s "The Wind That Shakes The Barley", without doubt it could have been avoided: while the original gives a feeling of simplicity and peace, this one appears to me only as an exercise of technique, very well sung but without inspiration.


 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Oct 29 2004
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Artist: VENUS FLY TRAP (@)
Title: Zenith
Format: CD
Label: Big Blue Records (@)
Rated: *****
First release after 1997's album "Dark amour", ZENITH bring back to our attention Venus Fly Trap again. The sound is darker respect the previous release and blends goth atmospheres with electronic inserts and a little bit of Joy Division/Sister Of Mercy melodies (even if some parts of "Twilight opera" and "Naked ape", the vocal lines mainly, remember me the early Valor). Songs like "Sabotage" or "Neon" haven't got driving rhythms but the atmosphere is catchy and crawly at the same time. I must admit that even if I liked the tracks at a first listening it took a couple of times to being trapped. It is difficult to find a electro/dark/rock band with a personal sound but Venus Fly Trap are a reality for all the lovers of the genre!

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